A scary carjacking incident that ended in the suspect’s death illustrates a seemingly growing instance of possible police-assisted suicide — a heartbreaking issue many officers have to unfortunately face.
Survivors of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York City on September 11, 2001 – and first-responders who were on the scene that day – may have an increased risk for heart and lung diseases, a new study suggests.
The number of children and young people seeking help from mental health services has spiked in the wake of recent terror attacks in England, according to the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
The Bureau of Prisons claims to have a policy prohibiting solitary confinement, as it should. But then what do you call locking up inmates by themselves in single cells for more than 22 hours a day for long periods of time with no or limited engagement with others? We would call it solitary confinement. It Read more
The number of Danes diagnosed with trauma — and stressor-related disorders (such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)) increased substantially following the terrorist attacks carried out by Anders Breivik in Norway in 2011.
The L.A. Police Protective League is one of more than a dozen police unions nationwide — including those in New York, San Jose and Chicago — calling on the federal government to pay for crisis-intervention training, less-lethal devices and officers who team up with mental health professionals to respond to emergency calls.
In a case in which Texas set an execution date without notifying the death row inmate’s counsel, the Fifth Circuit on Tuesday granted his request for review of whether he is mentally competent to be executed.
The solution in my opinion is not to solely track people being released with “a history of violence and mental illness”, but to ensure that appropriate services to mentally ill people are available pre, during and post prison.
The EU-Turkey deal designed to stem migration and refugee flows to Greece has had a devastating impact on the mental well-being of thousands of women, men, and children trapped on Greek islands since March 2016, Human Rights Watch said today.
Results indicated that exposure to ‘violent’ video games at age 9 was not predictive of aggression or reduced prosocial behaviors one year later. However, gaming was slightly related to increased mood symptoms like depression and anxiety, although the relationship was a small one.
Teaching cops, firefighters and prison workers to recognize and know how to handle people with mental illness is a big part of the efforts to reduce suffering and death at the hands of law enforcement. Less talked about is the mental health of the cops, firefighters and prison workers themselves.
Only hours after the ambush that killed five Dallas law enforcement officers, mental health experts began thinking ahead, searching for ways to ease the long-term effects of the attack on the men and women who patrol the nation’s ninth-largest city.
Brutal fighting and years living under ISIS have left Mosul’s children with dangerous levels of psychological damage, new research by Save the Children shows. Experts found children are so deeply scarred by memories of extreme violence they are living in constant fear for their lives, unable to show emotions, and suffering from vivid ‘waking nightmares’.
An Austin-based writer’s quest to learn his grandfather’s story leads to death row — and a little-known series of experiments that involved giving hallucinogens to inmates in the early 1960s.
The study’s authors suggest current efforts to fight terrorism may promote the conditions that give rise to radicalization and terrorists. Instead, the researchers say terrorism should be viewed through the lens of public health, and more research should address public health factors that contribute to terrorism.
William Morva showed signs of mental illness long before he killed two men during an escape from custody in 2006, friends and family say. The case of the inmate, now 35, has pushed to the forefront the debate over whether people with mental illness should be shielded from the death penalty.
In the weeks that followed the July 7 attack by a gunman who left five officers dead, the Dallas Police Department worked hard to accomplish our base mission of serving and protecting the public while recovering from the shock of an event with the potential to produce massive trauma.
The police shooting death of Charleena Lyles has now led to new legislation introduced Wednesday in Olympia. Lawmakers behind the bill hope it would help law enforcement officers avoid the use of deadly force by adding mental health professionals as “co-responders.”
HPD shooting death – It’s by far the largest settlement to be reported in any case involving an unarmed person killed by police in Houston in years — but the lawsuit separately marks a kind of turning point for local civil rights leaders who described it as one of several cases that boosted public awareness Read more
While the trigger (both literally and metaphorically) is the same, there is an aspect of these events that is frequently overlooked: the effects of the frequent police killings on black Americans’ mental health in the form of racial trauma, a psychological phenomenon that some experts say is similar to post-traumatic stress disorder.
While city officials and policymakers have struggled to understand the causality for the sudden spike in homicides and to find a solution to end rampant violence in the city, they’re only just beginning to consider the traumatic effects of exposure to violence and explore remedies to the potentially chronic and debilitating symptoms it causes.
Although public knowledge of mental health has increased sharply over the past 60 years, public attitudes have either stayed flat or, in crucial ways, become worse. Three times more people now believe that mental illness is inevitably associated with violence than in the 50s, bespeaking the stereotypes too often portrayed throughout society.
The Vice President and Chairman of the Liberia Chapter of the West African College of Physicians, Dr. Rose Jallah Macualey, says mental disorder is a problem globally, but particularly in Liberia, where the situation has been exacerbated by prolonged armed conflict and the Ebola epidemic.
“I would like to [understand] how structural violence creates or perpetuates the state of psycho-social disabilities, of mental disabilities. How does structural violence create or add to the dysfunction that one experiences in their life?”
Two Seattle police officers who shot and killed a pregnant woman inside her apartment had been trained to deal with people showing signs of mental illness or other behavior crises. Officials also say the officers had at least one less-lethal way to handle the woman who they knew had a previous volatile encounter with law Read more
As part of a federal consent decree, the Seattle Police Department has emphasized training in “crisis intervention,” which stresses techniques for lowering the tension when encountering people with mental illness or other cognitive problems.
kind clinic – Discrimination, stigma and violence have a tremendous impact on a transgender person’s physical and mental health. Maltreatment has also contributed to exceedingly high rates of mental illness and suicide among the transgender population.
Iraq’s recent history has been dominated by wars. Generations of Iraqis have grown up in shattered families, living in camps or among the rubble of their home towns. Each conflict has left its scars, both visible and invisible.